May ReviewPosted : June 7th, 2019
We recorded 20 winners in May for the first time, the horses continuing in fine form as the summer gets underway.
Morando produced the performance of his career to run away with the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester, winning by eight lengths from last year’s St Leger winner Kew Gardens. It was a wonderful performance under Silvestre De Sousa, but one that confirmed he needs some give in the ground to be at his best and unfortunately we didn’t get the rain he needed in the Coronation Cup. We will be patient with him and wait for the ground to come in his favour, as he has the ability to make his mark at the top level when conditions are right.
Raise You had looked a smart performer in the making when running away with a Newbury maiden in April and duly confirmed that when scoring impressively in the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket, making much of the running under David Probert and keeping on strongly for a ready success. He didn’t give his best running in the Prix du Jockey Club, but remains a hugely exciting prospect.
A winner at Windsor at two, Bye Bye Hong Kong had shown improved form to take a valuable contest on his reappearance and, a month on, he showed himself to be a very progressive and classy colt when holding off a solid yardstick in the Listed Royal Windsor Stakes on his return to the course. Things didn’t quite go his way in the Diomed at Epsom on Derby day, but he remains open to plenty of improvement after just seven starts.
Fox Premier is quickly progressing into a very useful colt, the son of Frankel building on his reappearance win at Chelmsford at the beginning of the month with a very taking success at Sandown Park under Silvestre De Sousa. The King George V at Royal Ascot could be up next. Just half an hour earlier, Fox Leicester had scored in the same colours in similarly decisive fashion and he is another who will have loftier targets ahead.
Dudley’s Boy impressed on his seasonal return, scoring by seven lengths in the hands of Josh Bryan at Brighton on just his second career start. He can go on to better things, as can Hero Hero, whose eight-length success at Chester was a very taking performance indeed. He will be stepping up in grade next time.
A daughter of the high-class Night Carnation, Ocala has taken time to shed her maiden tag, having had a couple of niggles last year after finishing runner-up to a subsequent Group 1 winner in a Newmarket maiden last spring. She needed a couple of runs on her return from a year-long absence to put her straight and I was delighted to see her get off the mark at Chepstow last time, winning comfortably in the hands of David Probert. Her year-younger sister I’m Available has won two this year and hopefully Ocala can draw level very soon!
After a highly promising debut at Newbury in April, Sneaky Peek had failed to give her running on her next outing, so it was a relief to see her bounce back to form, racing prominently before coming clear to win in great style at Redcar. Whilst that wasn’t a deep race, half-sister to Urban Aspect looks to have plenty more to offer this term. The same is true of Pempie, who got off the mark at the fifth time of asking with a straightforward success at Salisbury for Oisin Murphy, having just been pipped on her handicap debut at Windsor earlier in the month.
Simoon had made his first start for us a winning one at Chelmsford in April and he followed up at Windsor this month under Oisin Murphy, despite racing a little keenly in the early stages. He wasn’t at his best at Chester last time but can get back on track soon. His three year old half-brother Admirals Bay is very much a work in progress, so it was lovely to see him make a winning handicap debut at Yarmouth under Franny Norton, staying on strongly to go from last to first up the home straight. He looks the type to continue to progress through the handicap ranks.
Piper Arrow took a big step forward to score at the third time of asking in a big-field novice at Chelmsford under Josephine Gordon, despite still looking a little green when coming under pressure. It looked an above-average contest for the grade and he is an exciting type for handicaps. Wedding Blue scored impressively on his debut in that sphere at Goodwood, coming home clear under Oisin Murphy without being put under too much pressure. A 12lbs rise will get him into some valuable contests and the beautifully-bred son of Kingman looks a smart sort in the making.
Bacacarat added a Kempton success to his Newmarket win from last season, quickening nicely to take what looked a competitive handicap. He has plenty of ability and, a half-brother to Donjuan Triumphant, could yet improve further. Lissitzky produced a career-best effort on his second start back from a gelding operation when winning at Newmarket under Martin Dwyer. The son of Declaration Of War is out of a Group 2-winning mare and is another to look forward to this year.
It was pleasing to see Fair Cop return to winning ways, the combination of a drop in grade and first-time cheekpieces seeing her home in front at Chepstow. Imperial Act was another to score this month, Will Carver doing the steering at Wolverhampton for her second success from her last three starts. She looks capable of going in again.
As usual, we haven’t rushed the two year olds this year, but we were delighted to get a first juvenile winner of the campaign with Symbolize, a son of Starspangledbanner who made a winning debut at Salisbury under David Probert. He quickened smartly to put the race to bed and is an exciting prospect.